Coach: Jason Smith (5th year, 20-20).
Last league title: 1990.
Last playoff berth: 2005.
Home field: A.C. Meagher Field.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Emilio Zamarripa QB So. 5-5 145
Ernesto Veliz RB Sr. 5-6 150
Zach Romero RB Jr. 5-7 145
Domingo Luna RB Sr. 5-7 181
Abel Torres TE Sr.
Alex Rodriguez LT Sr. 5-8 176
Orion Garcia LG Sr. 5-7 225
Adrian Villasenor C Sr. 6-0 217
Robert Luna RG Jr. 5-11 247
Israel Hernandez RT Sr. 5-10 161
Chris Rodriguez TE Jr. 6-0 220
Guillermo Rodriguez K Sr. 6-0 217
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Israel Hernandez DE Sr. 5-10 161
Robert Luna DT Jr. 5-11 247
Orion Garcia NG Sr. 5-7 225
Chris Rodriguez DE Jr. 6-0 220
Domingo Luna OLB Sr. 5-7 181
Isaiah Cole MLB Sr.
Zach Romero OLB Jr. 5-7 145
Sergio Morales CB Jr.
Ernesto Veliz CB Sr. 5-6 150
Carlos Hernandez S Jr. 5-6 132
Brent Evans S So.
Zach Romero P Jr. 5-7 145
Others to watch: OL/DL Noe Cervantes, Soph.
Defensively, look for Toppenish to come out in an attacking 4-3 with a lot of people in the box.
"Our defense is going to force the issue," Smith said. "Our safeties are our main tacklers."
* The kicking game is up in the air, but Rodriguez will get the first chance to make an impression.
A couple seasons ago, the Wildcats were big on the line and had running backs who excelled at getting yards between the tackles.
There's not a ton of size this year, but Smith believes in using the assets he has to build a game plan. "We have more speed this year. We're very fast," he said. "Whatever plays we run will be based upon our needs."
Smith has run the double-wing since arriving at Toppenish in 2008, and it has suited his traditionally smaller lineups well. The Wildcats do have some size and senior experience on the line, but he's counting on his team's athletic ability to cause problems for opposing defenses. "You definitely have to prepare for the double-wing. It's so unique," Smith said.
But it takes confidence to run it, and Smith still is working to build that among his players.